From The Director
As the saying goes, it takes a village. . . This particular saying can be applied to many things, but today I would like to apply it to the idea of raising, educating, and keeping our kids safe. It is in that spirit that I share with you some new, and extremely frightening, internet games currently circulating among middle and high school students (which means younger students with older siblings may also be exposed to these challenges).
As technology continues to advance, and more and more students have access to the internet via cell phones, home computers, and even some Kindle devices, the concern grows. Not only do our children face all the ‘normal pressures’ of growing up that we all did, but now there are also outside pressures reaching our students. From YouTube challenges, to the direct marketing of hazardous items to today’s youth (vaping products, etc.), we need to circle the wagons and work together to keep our students safe.
Currently, the internet has many different “challenges” that are tempting kids to make very unsafe decisions. As parents, please be aware of and talk to your child(ren) about the dangers associated with any of the following:
- Hot Water Challenge
- This is an extremely dangerous challenge that encourages kids to pour hot water on themselves or friends to see how long one can handle the pain. Learn more at https://www.womenshealthmag.com/health/a22590016/hot-water-challenge/
- Momo Challenge
- This challenge is delivered to children’s phones through the messaging app “Whatsapp.” The game encourages kids to complete personal challenges, and as they complete them, the challenges become increasingly dangerous and violent. More information is available at https://wwjnewsradio.radio.com/articles/parents-warned-momo-challenge-linked-suicide
- Dragon’s Breath Challenge
- Many of us have seen and tried the Dragon’s Breath treat at the mall kiosks. Unfortunately, the newest challenge has kids not listening to the directions and ingesting the liquid nitrogen that remains in the bottom of the cup. Ingesting the liquid is sending kids to the hospital. Learn about the dangers of this game here: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/voraciously/wp/2018/08/07/dragons-breath-snacks-make-you-exhale-smoke-and-theyre-sending-teens-to-the-hospital/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.46c8ccc2c828
Please know that I share this information with the hope that you, our parent community, will work with all of us here at PCK to raise awareness and share information in order to safeguard our precious children. We have entered new territory these days, and we need to work together…now more than ever… in order to ensure our students’ safety and well-being.
FunD Run Pledges Are Due Tomorrow
Thank you for supporting your students at our FunD Run last Friday. We hope they came home tired out and happy. We all had a blast!
- Mrs. Becker’s class ran the most laps per student and earned an extra recess.
- Ms. Bloyer’s class had the best spirit and earned a hamster ball party.
- Mr. Thompson ran the most laps in 30 minutes.
- Mrs. Obregon ran the most laps throughout the day.
A big THANK YOU goes out to all of the volunteers, including our wonderful NJHS students. And we thank ALL of the teachers and staff who got out there and ran with the students – the kids loved it!
As a reminder, all pledges are due tomorrow, Friday, September 14. You can still go to r4funds.com/parker to easily send out emails to potential sponsors, make online pledges, and check online totals. Username: core Password: cougar. Checks should be made payable to The Foundation at PCK.
Check out this short video for information on what to do next. Your encouragement will help your students, and the whole school, reach our fundraising goals.
Carpool Tip Of The Week
In the morning, please have all of your riders exit the car the first time you stop in the unloading area.This is especially an issue on the south loop where some students stay in the car until they can be dropped off at the front door or at the sidewalk leading to the 5th/6th grade wing. This backs up the line and slows the carpool flow for everyone.
Also, please make sure your student can get into the rear passenger side of your car without having to crawl over or under a sibling’s car seat. Thanks for helping us keep carpool moving smoothly!
Congratulations To Our Character Leader
Ilias Kallergis (4th grade) was recognized in our Character Assembly last Friday for doing such a great job demonstrating the 3 Rs (respect, responsibility, and ready to participate). He consistently shows these traits by being exceptionally polite, being kind and helpful to students and staff, and following instructions quickly and thoroughly. Thanks for leading with your great character, Ilias!
Emergency Communications Testing
DCSD will conduct a test of its emergency notification system, including email, mobile app, social media, text, and voice messaging on Wednesday, September 19. Should a real emergency arise, the test will be delayed.
How do I update my emergency contact information?
Parents of DCSD students can log into the Infinite Campus Parent Portal and click on “Contact Preferences” in the left-hand column. If you see an incorrect phone number or email, please contact Nancy Redfern to request an update.
What if I didn’t receive a text message?
After confirming that you have opted-in to text messaging for emergency and/or school notifications via Infinite Campus, please send a text message to the following:
- Emergency text notification: Send text to 68453 with the message “YES”
- Standard/School text notification: Send text to 67587 with the message “YES”
What Phone Number Will My Caller ID Show?
The number displayed will depend on the type of message. The two types of communication are:
- Standard/School Notifications (general communications) from 877-279-4061
- Emergency Notifications (critical communications) from 855-695-9448
- You May wish to add these numbers to your contacts.
Should you have additional questions, please contact the IT Support Center (303-387-0001) to ensure you receive emergency notifications accurately and quickly.
Our Fall Festival Is Just Around The Corner
Our PTA treats us to an amazing Fall Festival that is one of the highlights of the year at PCK. Mark your calendar for September 29th from 12:00-4:00 pm. You won’t want to miss it!
Tickets go on sale tomorrow, Friday, September 14, on the PCK Webstore. Please note: the food trucks will be accepting their own payments this year, so bring money if you would like to purchase food. Tickets will be used for games, inflatables, caramel apples, cake walks, and face painting. The dunk tank will be cash only, with all money donated to charity.
If you would like to DJ the Fall Festival, please email the PTA.
Volunteers make this event a success, so please check out the Sign Up Genius to see how you can help. https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0444a8a829a0fb6-fall
We also need baked goods and candy donations. Sign up to bring these items here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0444a8a829a0fb6-fall1
Our Directory Is Here
You should have received an email from Directory On Tap (DOT) with instructions on how to download and use their app to access the 2018-19 PCK Directory. If you have not received this email, and have checked your spam folder, please contact DOT via email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Do You Own A Local Business?
PCK Families – if you own a local area business, please send your name, business name, and business contact info to email@example.com so you can be included in our PCK Business Directory. We love promoting our family businesses within the PCK community.
New Lost And Found Donation Policy
Because so many items seem to “find” our Lost and Found, we will be donating unclaimed items at the end of each month. Take a few minutes to check the Lost and Found any time you come to the school for items you might not know are missing. Please always label any item that could be separated from your child. This includes all outerwear (we recommend having your child’s last name embroidered on the hood of his/her PCK sweatshirt, and there are several vendors in Parker who offer this service), lunch boxes, water bottles, balls, etc. We will do our best to return labeled items to your student. Please do not label your items with initials or a symbol, since that does not help us identify the owner of the item.
Learn The Ins And Outs of Google Classroom
Our 2018-19 Parent Education Series continues next week with a session on Google Classroom for Parents. You have probably heard your child mention Google Classroom, but you may not know how students and teachers use it at PCK. 2nd grade teacher Lisa Church is a Google Certified Educator, and she will help you navigate the technology your child will use throughout his/her PCK career, including the Google Suite. This class will be on Thursday, September 20 from 6:30pm – 7:30pm in the Middle School Commons. Please RSVP to Dianne Daniels at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Middle School PCK Cares Shirts Are In
If your middle school student needs a PCK Cares shirt to wear when doing community service projects, you can purchase one for $10 through the PCK Webstore. Once the purchase is made, your student can pick up the shirt from Mr. Goode. If your child had a PCK Cares shirt but lost it, or if it is in poor condition, please purchase a new one. If your student has a shirt from last year you do not need to purchase a new one.
Enjoy A Treat At Home Games
Drinks and snacks are now sold at home sports games. Come to the concession window in the Sports Gym to see the selection. Items range in price from $1 – $2, and all proceeds go toward the middle school trip to Washington D.C. (sales from each game will be earmarked for the students volunteering in the concession stand during that game). Come support your Cougar athletes, and enjoy a treat at the same time!
Get A Great Costume This Weekend
What: Our music theatre department’s Costume Clean-Up Sale!
When: This Saturday, September 15, from 9-12pm
Where: The PCK Parking Lot.
Why: Need a Halloween Costume? We’ve got you covered! Want to shop ahead for PCK themed dress up days such as Castle Day, Pirate Day, or Wax Museum? Come see what we’ve got. We have a costume for EVERY need!
All proceeds will benefit the PCK Music and Music Theatre Programs. This event is managed by PCK’s Junior Thespian Society.
I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream For… Yogurt!
Join us for the first PCK Spirit Night of the year at Swirls on Mainstreet in Parker on September 19. This is a fun way to connect with other families while raising some money for our school. Just mention PCK when you pay and our school will get a portion of the proceeds. Thanks to our PTA for organizing our Spirit Nights.
PCK Library “Mark Your Place” Bookmark Contest
Students in Kindergarten through 4th grade library classes are invited to participate in our Mark Your Place bookmark contest. Students will receive the contest details during their library class. We are looking for original designs about books, reading, or the library. The entry deadline is September 14, and there will be one winner per class. We look forward to seeing our students’ creativity!
Healing Our Youth Event
Learn about youth mental health and wellness at this free event sponsored by the Douglas County Special Education Advisory Committee and Parker Adventist Hospital.
Wednesday, October 3, 5:30-8:30 pm
Cresthill Middle School, 9195 Cresthill Lane, Highlands Ranch, in the school Commons
Free Registration – click here
- Listen to a parent’s perspective on raising a child with a mental disorder
- Learn important facts/statistics about mental disorders and the basic biology of mental disorders
- Learn about the adolescent brain and teen substance use
- Learn to identify unhealthy adolescent behavior
- Learn what treatments are available for mental disorders and the steps to take to access treatment
- Connect with experts and resources in mental health
- Talk one-on-one with mental health professionals
- 2 CE credits offered
- Light refreshments included
For more information, click here.
Lego Club Is Back!
The popular Intro To STEM Using LEGO program will be back at PCK starting Wednesday, October 17. Get the details here.
Check Out The Classes Offered Through Parent University
In partnership with Sky Ridge Medical Center, Parent University offers parents and DCSD community members a chance to learn about important issues facing modern families. Classes are taught once a month by subject matter experts, including doctors, and are free to attend.
The PCK Vendor Fair Is Moving
Vendor Fair moving to the Holiday Season! It will be December 1st at PCK. If you are interested in participating, please email PCKVendorFair@gmail.com.
Did You Know PCK Has A Photo Sharing Site?
Through our Skydrive site, we have the ability to upload or download pictures so we can share them with each other and have them available for our yearbook. Missed an event? Check the website to see if another parent may have caught your child in action and download the pictures to your home computer. Attended an event? Help out another parent by uploading your pictures to the website so others can see what they missed. As an added bonus, shared pictures are our main resource for our yearbook photos, so upload those pictures today! Here’s how:
Windows Live I.D.: PCKPhotos@hotmail.com
Thank You To Our Fantastic Volunteers
PCK would like to recognize the top volunteers for the month of August. Thank you for your participation and dedication to our PCK community.